[LS Pathfinder] Saturated with Favor
No. 8 Weekly Wrap Up
I hope that I can encourage you today.
My Personal Story - Perfection Disruption
“lost her salt” sounds so much better than the ugly crying scene it truly was
In the 5th grade I was working on a poster I had entered into a local competition about the environment. I remember that I won the competition. I couldn’t tell you for the life of me what was on the poster or the subject or anything… Except 2 things. Up near the right hand corner there was a flock of birds and it was on bright yellow poster board.
I finished my poster and got up off the classroom floor (where I preferred to draw on my poster so I could get better perspective and have space) and dropped the uncapped black marker in my hand onto the poster. It left a prominent mark near the upper right hand corner of my poster.. This perfectionist wallflower 4th grader lost her salt (aka cried like a baby - but “lost her salt” sounds so much better than the ugly crying scene it truly was).
Mrs. Quirk, one of my top favorite teachers, asked me what was wrong. All I could do was point and explain through heaving crying that my poster was ruined. She responded, “Honey, I don’t see a wayward mark on your poster. All I see is an unfinished bird in the upper righthand corner! So, let’s finish the bird and maybe give it some friends.”
She preceded to teach me one of the most memorable lessons of my life when it comes to perfection and how we can create our way out of mistakes and create something “extra” and go on to a win for our lives. She told me to make that mark into a bird and then make some smaller birds (all of these were basically fancy m’s to create the illusion of bird silhouettes).
That fancy flourish … a mistake? an initial or monogram? a perfecting, flourishing finish!
Anyone else look forward to that flourishing finish?
What I’m Reading
I haven’t had a lot of time to read this week but a few blog posts have caught my gaze that I am passing on to you for your enjoyment!
Current Bookstack - What Are You Reading This Week?:
Write for Life by Julia Cameron
The Lives We Actually Have: 100 Blessings for Imperfect Days by Katie Bowler
Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown
Lifeforce by Tony Robbins
Scripture of the Week
Prompt / Poll of the Week
(formerly Prompt my Monday - I decided just to include this in the weekly newsletter)
To celebrate Unapologetic Grief, we are doing a prompt from The Death Deck: A Lively Game of Surprising Conversation. I pulled a random card from the middle of the deck.
Your significant other dies. What area would you struggle with the most?
Posts this week
Breaking the Stigma - Understanding and Talking About Loneliness You should have received this in your inbox this week since it was the 1st of the month - I always send the first post of the month to your inbox. But the rest of the blog posts you won’t receive (unless you are in the app / chat) until a mention in the following weekly wrap up newsletter on Sundays that is public on the first Sunday of the month - but only for free subscribers the rest of the month.
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PS: Who can tell me where today’s title came from?
You are very busy, but it's all so encouraging.